Cameron University now accepting applications for Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mathematics Summer Academy for middle-school girls

The Cameron University Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering is now accepting applications for the Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mathematics Summer Academy for middle-school girls. The camp, made possible by a grant from Cotton Electric, takes place July 16-21 and will host middle school girls for a residential summer academy focusing on aerospace engineering and applied mathematics. There is no cost to attend. To learn more or to apply for the academy, contact Dr. Ann Nalley, 581-2889 or annn@cameron.edu or the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering at 581-2246. As space is limited, interested parties are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible.

“The future of our country depends on developing a lasting supply of well-trained engineers, mathematicians, and scientists,” says Nalley, director of the academy. “We must attract the best and brightest to degrees programs in STEM fields regardless of whether they are men, women or minorities.   This academy is intended to spark an interest in these exciting fields at the middle school level.”

The Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mathematics Summer Academy will provide middle school girls with an intensive engineering, mathematics and science experience during which the students will learn principles of aerospace, mechanics and rocket design while utilizing equipment that the student will not likely find in middle school setting.

Participants will build model airplanes and model rockets and then test their range and altitude using laser distance finders. They will also visit Science Museum Oklahoma as well as Frontier City to learn about the physics of amusement parks. A rocket build and launch competition will enable students to utilize the concepts learned in mechanics as they design and build the components of the rocket and determine the most effective launch mechanisms. They will use principles of applied mathematics in each activity.

In addition to a grant from Cotton Electric, funding is also provided by NASA and the Cameron University Foundation’s Clarence E. Page Endowed Chair.

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June 27, 2017